Many parents I meet tell me that they have difficulty in teaching their children something in accordance with the limitations of their attention. For example, one mother told how her 5-year-old lost his interest in reading and writing after 10 minutes elapsed. Other mothers mark how her daughter was 4 years old can not sit still listening to a story even if only in 5 minutes, but usually he could spend hours watching cartoons on television quietly.
I want to say from the outset is this something normal for young children, aged 2-6 years to have a limited time in focusing attention. Most children, by nature, extremely energetic and active, always interested in new experiences exciting and fun. This high level of energy is a good thing, considering this is a part of their learning, but this also means that they will get bored quickly if they do learning activities which are not interactive and interesting.
Here are some things we can do as parents to help keep the attention of our children as they learn:
The Right Time
First choose a time where your child was in the mood to concentrate and ready to absorb information. Most children give full attention in the morning around 9 am to 11 noon, in the evening around 5 and at night. Of course, every child has a rhythm that is unique and parents should mengamatu when children are attentive and active.
The key is to try to teach you something new and challenging when they are tired and sleepy.
Short and Sweet
Second, create learning activities short and sweet. For children under 5 years, each session should be no more than 30 minutes and for children aged 5-6 years should be no more than 40 minutes.
Parents should be more attention in determining the time to learn when working on a difficult task. For example, when children learn to write the first time, or when children learn to read the alphabet the first time, we must appreciate that it takes a lot of mental effort to absorb new information. Like, when a shorter and more intense will be more effective than a long session and the length that makes the children become tired and bored.
Some parents argue that children should be trained to focus their attention to preparing for the school that will confiscate their attention for 4 to 5 hours. We must think also, that the time to learn in school is also divided in 40 minutes / session; which means the children do not learn the same subject not more than 40 minutes.
However, I agree that we can and must train our children to gradually extend the time their attention. We can begin by learning sessions very short (less than 20 minutes) for our children aged 2-3 years and slowly add the time as they grow.
Invite, invite, and invite
Third, make the learning process becomes interactive. The key is to ensure the child's attention to engage them and make what they do to be interesting. The best way to get children's attention is to make them as active rather than passive learners.
Children usually learn by doing (active learning), rather than just listening (passive learning). Good learning process will involve speaking, listening, drawing, making things and activities that require a lot of moves.
Most bookstores have a learning activity books are wonderful parents who can apply to study at home. The books are divided into individual sessions and each session compacted with a lot of learning activities from writing to coloring until told to acting.
When the process of learning to be active and fun, we no longer need to try to get and keep children's attention.
Limit Watching Television
Many psychologists have broken the spirit of the construction permit parents with children under 3 years of watching television. The debate is still rolling, and some teachers said that television helps introduce children to the wealth of information and language in a short time and other educators argue that television actually encourage children to become passive and lazy thinking. I would recommend to parents is to limit television time under 6 years, not more than 90 minutes a day. Excess television viewing time will create a passive learning style and will make parents and teachers to compete for attention with television.
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